While snow fell on portions of the Roaring Lion Fire near Hamilton early this week, The Copper King near Thompson falls wasn’t as lucky. Fire Information Officer Jennifer Costich says that less than a tenth of an inch of rain hit the fire on Tuesday, but she did have some good news.

"The Sanders County Sheriff, Tom Rummel, decided that as of 8 a.m. this morning Wednesday September 7, that he would reduce the evacuation order for Mud Creek residents along the Northeastern portion of the fire," said Costich. "They are now reduced down to a Stage One prevarication alert notice."

There are no longer any stage two evacuation notices on the Copper King fire, but there are some closures.

"All of the pre-evacuation alert notices that were in effect around the fire area remain in effect and now Mud Creek has also been reduced to that Stage One pre-evacuation alert," Costich said. "However, because of fire activity in the area with fire traffic, the Little Thompson River Road does remain closed as do all of the other area and road closures."

The Copper King Fire has grown to just over 28,000 acres, with a price tag of over $24 million.